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    Just signed-up for the alerts. Hope it passes over Texas soon!
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    Holy Cow, what a sight. Report: At 7:00pm EDT, I am outside with binoculars and waiting. At 7:02 I finally saw it rise above the neighbors rooftop. It was a pretty yellow color. I glanced upwards and to the left to look at Jupiter to get a brightness reference. At this point the ISS was not quite as bright as Jupiter. At 7:03, the color changed from yellow to white, and the brighteness doubled for about 15 seconds. I guess this may have to do with the ISS at the right position so that the incidence angle and the reflection angle between it, the sun, and my position produced the highest reflectivity of sunlight (?). Between about 15 degrees on either side of my zenith, it was yellow again, and as bright as Jupiter. By 7:05 the ISS was starting to get dimmer again, and was less bright than Jupiter. By 7:06 it was starting to get so low in my sky that it was dissappearing into the neighbor's tree. By 7:07 there was nothing left to see. Boy, that thing moves fast. I actually had more fun looking at the ISS with naked eye, as it was hard to hold the binoculars steady enought to see much, so I gave up on using them early on in this viewing session. If I never see another ISS pass again, I will never forget this night. Thanks for reading this fun report, and best of regards to all.
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    Oops, that should have been EST. My wife reminded me earlier today that we go on daylight savings time on March 10th, and it was on my mind. Sorry about that.
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    We are suppose to see between the 7:15 and 7:20 (6:15 and 6:20 EST) both the Dragon following ISS today I hope weather let me take some pictures.

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    Hello Digitalundertaker. I hope that you had the same good luck that I did. My CL2500 camera had the "B" and "T" functions on it, so I could do a trail of the ISS, but it crapped out a few months ago, so I am stuck with the even older D620, which does not have this feature. I am hoping that you get a nice picture for us, with the ISS brightening to a bright white during it's pass, that I could not get. Keep us posted with your report. Thanks, and best of regards.
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    Took various photos but not much to see just a bright dot, tried to do something with my telescope but it moved to fast. I also saw two more satellites seconds before in the same path as the ISS but I'm not sure if it was the Dragon

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    Just looking at that moving "star" amazes me as there are six human being in it hurtling across the sky, falling around the Earth. It fires the imagination.
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    I am in az. did you see the satellite that appeared at the zenith that went before the ISS till it disappeared?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ skys View Post
    I am in az. did you see the satellite that appeared at the zenith that went before the ISS till it disappeared?
    No...I wasn't even looking up at the time more or less...I was still setting up and aligning things when the ISS came over.....I live near a jetport, and at first I thought it was a plane it was so bright....I always look at them anyways, so that's when I realized what it was....I had time to watch it, run inside and grab my bino's and holler for the GF to come take a look and get back out to watch it a little more...she came out just in time to see it as well before it dipped into the treeline towards the east.....

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    A few nights ago while setting up I think I saw the ISS pass over. For a few minutes while it was the brightest, I think I could make out the solar panels, also had a good night with the scope that night, just lucky on both accounts I think.
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